Posted by: Regina Rodriguez Manzanet | October 21, 2008

Old Timers…

The Flirting Grandmother

The Flirting Grandmother

Over the weekend, I made it down to my birth city, Ponce, PR. My mother wanted to visit her sister who is ill and in the hospital so I went with her. But I also had some very specific goals in mind.

At the beginning of the summer last year, I lost my Grandmother Tina. That was something I never thought about because she was such a tough old bird… still climbing up to her roof to clean the gutters, still driving herself around the island, and still climbing up and down back and forth to and from the river behind her house.

I was in NY at the time and in two days, we all made it back home for the funeral. Something that I realized then was that we didn’t really have a lot of pictures of our grandparents.

I decided then and there that my mission was to photograph my remaining two grandparents. Well, I never made it back to PR until last month and at the beginning of this summer, I lost my grandfather and great-grandmother (it was a tough summer for us).

I don’t want to regret many things in my life, but that is one of the things that I regret the most… not making it back in time.

So, when I returned to the nest last month, I told my mother that the first thing I wanted to do was photograph my grandmother. I finally got a small chance to do that this weekend. I’m still not done with her, but I think this is a good start.

The Matriarch - My grandmother Rosa

The Matriarch - My grandmother Rosa

Posted by: Regina Rodriguez Manzanet | October 14, 2008

Goin’ to the chapel…

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The Bride - Janice really enjoyed the stories and the toasts!

Some friends of mine were getting married this summer and had never had their picture take as a couple. They are such fun people. During our session in Central Park they had me cracking up the entire time. They brought a couple outfits for the session but we didn’t count on the park restrooms being closed! They didn’t care, with trees and bushes everywhere, they had plenty… PLENTY of cover to change behind! LOL

Afterward, we ended up on the west end piers near the Trump development. We were hoping for a great sunset, but the sunset gods weren’t cooperating with us. I think we managed to get some good shots in anyway. Of course, the couple who got engaged on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, went on a safari in Africa, and honeymooned in Machu Pichu wouldn’t shy away from going around in their skivvies in the middle of Central Park!

Janice & Suneet - What an incredible couple. Really.

Then wedding day came and they had invited me to come and shoot at their wedding. We all had such a great time dancing and congratulating the happy couple at the Carlyle Hotel.

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Wedding Lemon Cupcakes.... mmmmmmm so good.

I really enjoyed shooting the wedding and I’m looking forward to doing it again. I think I enjoyed the engagement shots even more.

Posted by: Regina Rodriguez Manzanet | October 13, 2008

Mi Niece

Kirsten Nichole

Kirsten Nichole - My niece is helping me out a little.

This is the official start to my photography blog… welcome one and all! I can’t promise unhad adventures, but I will try my hardest to give you some enjoyable eye candy with the occasional heartstring pulls. I finally decided to take the jump and commit to photography as a full time venture after working in the nonprofit world with all its instabilities and the cloistering in the office that my positions called for. What I learned during my tenure was that I HAVE to be creative with what I’m doing.

One of the great things photography offers me is the opportunity to figure out solutions to problems with every single click. With every single click, I have to make sure my settings are correct, I have the right compositions, my foreground is in balance with my subject and background, and I have to figure out what lighting and background are appropriate for the fell of the photo I’m going after. I try to use natural light as often as possible just because I love how natural and soft it comes across.

As a photographer I get to release those creative spirits that were always tugging at my heals. I not only get to be creative taking the picture, but I also get to be creative in the post production where I can let the flair come out. One of the things that I love about it is they’re all individual pictures and going digital means I can also bring out the person hidden beneath the surface, which sometimes is what we miss in those bland studio shots.

Anyhow, I look forward to sharing more and I hope you look forward to seeing it!

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